Combine the two measures to arrive at an average minutes per week of activity.
A small amount of activity is better than none but if your patient is not achieving at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week, then they should be given brief intervention to increase their level of activity. Some people do a mixture of moderate-intensity and vigorous intensity activity in a week. The ‘rule of thumb’ is that 1 minute of vigorous intensity activity counts the same as 2 minutes of moderate intensity activity. 1
How much health benefit your patient receives depends on the how much they do:
|Activity amount (minutes and type)||Status||Health benefits gained|
|Less than 150 minutes of moderate activity (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity)||Low activity||Some|
|150-300 minutes of moderate activity (or 75-150 minutes of vigorous activity)||Medium activity||Substantial|
|More than 300 minutes of moderate activity (or 150 minutes of vigorous activity)||High activity||More than substantial|
- Adapted from Department of Health and Human Services (2008) Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Report, Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services. ↩